The following biographies, recent photos and contact information belong to the the members of 1st Platoon "G" Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division's Fleet Marine Force at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina taking part in the U.S. Navy's Solant Amity I Cruise to South America and Africa, from November 1960 through April of 1961. Mouse click on the member's name to see their biography.
1st Platoon by Rank
Lieut. K. R. Maloney - Deceased
J. E. Kendrick III - Deceased
Born 1937 and raised in Monroe, NC; Jack entered the Marine Corps in 1954
and, after Parris Island and ITR, was first assigned just outside of Arlington
at Henderson Hall...to a lengthy "tour" of mess duty and such.
1973, after being promoted to 1st Sergeant (E8) and attending the training
program for same, I was transferred and served 13 months in Okinawa. In
'74, I was once again transferred, this time to the USMCR Unit at Willow
Grove Naval Air Station, near Philadelphia from which I retired as a Sergeant
Major in 1978.
"With a family, including two teenagers...a son born in '66 and a daughter in '68...I'd not be spending any time "just sittin' around."
I began a career in the insurance sales industry, first in life insurance. Later, and after acquiring an Associate Degree in Business, I spent twenty-seven years specializing in casualty insurance. Following the death of my wife,after nearly fifty years, in March of 2014, I sold the business and moved onto a long deserved retirement here in Hubert, NC.
"And now, from out the blue, I come to learn that an association of Marines that took part in the 1960-61 Marine Corps Expeditionary effort in the Congo has been around since 2001 and been looking for us all! And that I might yet again get to meet , greet and reminisce with two cohorts of the time, Paul Malone and Ed Hart! Life and its unexpected pleasures are something to marvel at.
"Anyone wishing to reach out can drop me an mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
"Semper fi to you all; Jack"
Jose P. Balboza:
Born 1941 and entering USMC in April 1959, graduated with Platoon
220-59 and, after infantry training at Camp Geiger, was assigned to the
2nd Battalion of the 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC.
He has since chosen to maintain his privacy.
Should you, as a former member of G-2-6 only, have an interest in contacting him, please send any inquiries to former 1st Platton member Bob Chichester, who will forward your request to him.
H. Chichester Born 1941 and raised in Brooklyn,
New York and attending Boys High School I grabbed four "glorious"
years in the Marine Corps beginning in April of 1959. Graduating with
Parris Island Platoon 220-59 in early July of that same year, the lot
of us were sent to the Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Geiger for a
month. Thereafter, I was assigned for the next two-and-one-half years
to "G" Company, 2nd Battalion of the 6th Marines for the duration
of something called "controlled input."
I married Carol in June of that year and we
remain so to this date, our lives enriched by three children.
Born in 1934, I'd been part of USMC for about eight years before the SolantAmity
"excursion." Joining the Corps in 1951 at 17, I did a stint
in Korea beginning in '53. By 1959, I'd accumulated a few more assignments
before becoming one of the original input members of G-2-6. I was a Corporal
in the 1st Platoon at the time. And, I recall that, when the company was
divided up and temporarily separated from the USS Graham County, my squad
went aboard the Vogelgesang and remained there throughout the Santa Maria
Ed, after 52 days at sea.
Believe me, today, he's a good deal more charming in person. [Editor]
I'm now divide my living between
Rock Hall, Maryland, where I listen to Ron Smith on WBAL all the time,
and northern Florida. That is when I'm not sailing out of either and/or
preparing for another trip somewhere along the eastern seaboard or offcoast.
H. Haussmann : Born 1942,
raised in Philadelphia I joined the Marine Corps in March 1959, reported
to Parris Island for abuse, became ill and found myself spending an
extra two weeks there graduating with Platoon 113-59. Off to Camp Geiger's
Infantry Training Regiment I then went for a month, followed by assignment
to F-2-6, a few weeks of leave and, upon my return to Lejeune, began
what was to be numerous and protracted assignments aboard troop ships
and Isle de Viegues, PR the Marine Corps' caribbean "vacation"
offering for would be "grunts." Toward the tail end of fifteen
months of this sort of thing I was reassigned to "G"Company
where I spent the balance of my required 30 months of the "controlled
Married in 1964, Margie
and I remain so. We have one daughter and two grand-children.
|Otis M. Jones
: Born in 1939 and raised on Staten Island,
also known as Richmond County and one of New York City's five boroughs,
I graduated Port Richmond High School and attended Wagner College for a
year before entering the Marine Corps in July of 1958. Like yourselves,
I was then sent to Camp Geiger's Infantry Training Regiment for a month
and "forwarded," like so much mail, to my first unit assignment
at Camp Lejeune: "F" Company, 3rd battalion of the 2nd Marines.
After a year of real life infantry experience - shy of combat, a Med Cruise
and still more training, I was reassigned to "G" Company, 2nd
Battalion, 6th Marines. I remained there for most of remaining enlistment
and was "early released" in March of 1962 and began the next phase
of my life.
I worked, first, at Manufacturers Hanover Trust until October of 1963 when I: (a) was married and ( b) became a member of the NYPD. First assigned to the 103rd Precinct in Queens, in 1966 I was promoted to Detective 3rd and over the next 13 years served in vice, narcotics, robbery, homicide and had two separate stints with the Major Crime Task Force before retiring, with a vested interest pension, in 1979.
In 1983, after 20 years of a successful marriage and two wonderful children, my wife died. In 1987, I again married. Jacqueline and I remain so to this day, with the additional benefit to myself of having a step child.
while serving with the NYPD, I returned to college and graduated from John Jay College in 1976 with a Baccalaureate degree in history, under the G.I. bill...one of the greater benefits of having served in the miltary at the time.
After retirement, I first worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield as a medical fraud investigator in Michigan. In returning to the New York region and after obtaining the additional training and education to be certified as such, I worked as an asset manager for a land development company until 1995.
At that point, because of my accumulated
experiences and background, I was appointed Deputy Commissioner of New
York State's Division of Housing and Community Renewal where I remained
until retiring for the "last time" in 2002.
According to Bob Chichester, who remained tight with him and other members of the 1st Platoon, he had been hitch-hiking between Quantico and Washington, DC when he was struck by a “hit-and-run” driver.
May his soul rest in peace.
And, according to a conversation had with retired Major Skipper, "G" Companys former Commander, Mr. Maloney died in Rye, New York shortly after leaving the Marine Corps in the 1960’s. Particulars are being sought.
May his soul rest in peace.
According to Trevor Davies and Don Carter, both of whom are from the Boston area and members of the the 3rd Platoon, Harold Moore died of cancer.
May his soul rest in peace.
Stanley M. Morris Born and raised in Manhattan in the vicinity of Lexington and 102nd Street, my family moved to the Bronx where I attended and graduated high school only weeks before leaving for Parris Island boot camp in 1958. After three months with Platoon 311, adding an inch-and-a-half to my height, and a one month stint with the Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Geiger, I was transferred to Lejeune's 2nd Marine Regiment. In February '59 I took part in my first Med Cruise on the APA 44, the USS Fremont. I can still remember "landing" on France's public beaches at a time when public opinion of Americans still reflected a memory of our nation's efforts in WWII. Clearly, our "warrior" faces and the firing of blanks didn't for a minute interfere with our gathering of offered phone numbers from a bevy of bikini clad bathers, all of whom seemed to look like Yvette Mimieux.
Not long after my return from the Med, a great many of us were transferred to the 6th Marine Regiment. I went to "G" Company of the 2nd Battalion and remained there until the completion of a 30 month stint as part of the controlled input system. Ever the infantrymen, I was then sent back to the 8th Marines and still one more Med Cruise before returning to the states with but sixteen (!!!) days remaining on my four year enlistment. Fifteen of those days being spent on guard duty. I was given but one day to take care of the "sign out" before "exiting stage left" and returning to New York in 1962.
Taking my time about jumping back into America's civilian work force, I finally took what I believed would be a seasonal job opportunity with Sears and wound up staying with it for 30 years! At one point I went back to a private school, under the G.I. Bill, and obtained credentials in Traffic Management, which deals with business related logistical supply and not what you might think: Vehicle Routing.
I would ultimately become what Sear's labeled a Category Manager overseeing five departments. So, in 1992, I proceeded to Pergament Home Center where I remained until they closed down their operations and I jumped, once again, this time to Ikea until retiring...fulltime and finally.
I married Judith in 1965 and we remain so to this day. We have two daughters, both of whom are business women.
All four years of active duty were incredible. And most of it was spent at sea, Vieques or some foreign country. And Solant? Wow! The Caribbean, British West Indies, Canary Islands, Brazil, one west African nation after another AND Cape Town, where I remember Ed Hart and myself pulling liberty in dress blues...a set of which I had purchased in a pawn shop. I remember training in rubber boats and, as a non-swimmer struggling in the water after the boat was deliberately overturned, hanging onto eight floating paddles to keep my head above water and wondering what would become of me as I returned...one-by-one..the paddles to Marines clambering back aboard the boat. Obviously, I survived but there was a moment there....
Only recently [9/5/10] Chichester, Jones, Balboza and had a full day barbeque at my place on Long Island. I'd hoped to have Albie Sears there but that didn't work out. Perhaps the next time we'll see Albie and Ed Hart, YOU and still more over hamburgers.
Drop me an email at email@example.com . Semper Fi!
Albert A. Sears : Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1939 and raised in Massepequa, Long Island I entered the Marine Corps in April of '59 and graduated Parris Island with Platoon 220, did 30 days of mess duty at Geiger...feeding summer reservists...then received the required month of infantry training and was then sent to "E" Company, 2nd Battalion , 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune.
After finishing a near 15 month stint of controlled input, I volunteered for "G" Company for what has become recognized as the greatest of all known "cruises:"SoLant Amity.
Leaving G-2-6, I spent my remaining months in the Marine Corps with Lejeune's Combat Engineer's 2nd Bridge Battalion.
Returning to New York I reestablished a trucking career I'd started before entering the Corps [ at 20 years of age] and by 1957 was well established and delivering sand, gravel and concrete for construction projects throughout the Long Island region. I continued to do so until 1972 when I opted for a one year sabbatical from all labor.
Packing an MG with camping equipment I drove and camped throughout the nation with it for nine months until, for security reasons, "stepping up" to a Nomad truck camper...with which I hauled the MG...for another two months. By '73, and in Savanna, I was back in harness and for seven years humped not yet world recognized hazardous materials like sulfuric acid and anhydrous ammonia. The sort of things the vapors of which melt your lungs.
By 1980 I'd opted for something a bit less dramatic and hauled furnishings for Pier One to all points north to Portland, Maine for four years when I began to haul phenolic resins used in adhesives for Georgia Pacific.
By 1988, I'd wearied of the long haul life-style, returned to New York and started hauling diesel fuel locally and more recently preparing to change to the transport of large propane storage tanks.
With all of this moving and "rollin-rollin'-rollin" about, I managed to marry, have two wonderful children, divorce and settle down for the past twenty years with Lei-lani [ which means Heavenly Flower ]. I had been living in a 107 year old historical monument, of sorts, in Amityville [ home of the Amityville horror] on Long Island.
The Marine Corps, Solant Amity, the many and incredible stories of those years have never really been to far from my thoughts. AND, I can't tell you how often I've spoken of those six months of ocean sailing, the people, places and varied adventures encountered all at government expense.
Contact at this time would be "iffy"as I'm amidst another move, the result of the nor'easter, Sandy, that struck Long Island.
Semper fi to you all; "Albie"
Here's our "blast from the past" at the helm of sailboat Highlight, Ed Shea's 37' Pacific Seacraft, in Long Island Sound:
The former Private First Class and now "Captain" Albert Sears on 1 September 2009
R E U N I O N S:
On 28 September 2005, Ed Shea met with the "Resident Sailboat Expert" and G-2-6's only solo-circumnavigator Ed Hart in Annapolis to check out a sailboat Shea was thinking of buying at the time.
He didn't buy the boat but had a great time talking about the advantages of Solant Amity!!!
On 5 December 2008, Albee Sears and Ed Shea met for lunch and four hours rehashing history in a Northport, NY diner and again on 1 September 2009 when they sailed roundtrip from Northport, NY to Connecticut. It was thus that Ed was twice convinced that Al could fill a two pound bag with five pounds of story.
He's had one hell of a life.
Four members of the 1st Platoon[from left to right]:
Bob Chichester, Stan Morris, Otis Jones and Jose Balboza and their wives gathered for the first time ...since 1962...on Long Island, New York on 5 September 2010 for a barbeque.
How damn cool was that?
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014. The 4th Anniversary of our first reunion of 2010. On this occasion only three of our number Morris, (myself (center), Jose Balboza) met in New York. With Otis being in Florida, I'll visit him this winter. I have a place near him. Happy Holidays to ALL members of the Solant Amity experience! Cpl. Robert Chichester.
EJ is headed South today. We look forward to his return... whenever it might be. What a great visit!
Semper Fi to our website's readers. Paul Malone
2/27/16: Received the following along with a photo from Bob Chichester (Plt-220-59):
Semi-annual meeting of the Four Musketeers was held at my Venice, Fl home: myself, Otis Jones and Stan Morris being present. Absent but accounted for was was 1st Platoon's Jose Balboza (Plt 220-59) who had urgent family matters to attend to.
We're all still going strong. Semper fi to all.
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